Four years ago I posted one of my many real-deal experiences that fortify the maxim "hell is other people": I don't like mingling with hotel guests or staff. If I run into one I'll turn on the pleasant smile and say "good morning!" but if I can avoid them I will.

Partly because I prefer morning solitude, and partly because the folks who stay at the Fess Parker Doubletree (I had to leave the Santa Barbara Holiday Inn two days ago) tend to be the same kind of people who go on Caribbean cruises and vacation in Cancun and Las Vegas. Middle-aged marrieds, overweight types, elderly folk, touris...

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